Cyprien Gaillard Born in 1980 in Paris, France | Lives and works in Berlin


Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Foto: Alexia Cayre

French-bornCyprien Gaillardis one of the shooting stars of the international art scene. Most recently, in 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Prize of the National Gallery for Young Art in Berlin. Strictly speaking not committed to any medium, he moves between photography, film, and installations.

His interest in the functions of ruins in a global world drilled in perfection, superficiality, and speed is evident in his fleeting smoke sculptures in different environments, his ongoing Polaroid project,Geographical Analogies, his useable and self-destructing beer pyramids in the Berlin Kunst-Werken (2011), and his prize-winning film shot in the vicinity of Babylon in Iraq titledArtefacts. Gaillard’s immense success is also based in the fact that he presents the escapism and the nostalgia of a younger generation as works of art similar to the perfect pop songs in music and enriches them with historical references.  Gaillard’s spectacular work finds inspiration in artists of the 1960s like Robert Smithson but links can also be found to Gustav Metzger’s concept of “Auto-Destructive Art.”


2005 LĂ©cole Cantonale d`Art de Lausanne (ECAL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Awards (selection)

2011 Preis der Nationalgalerie fĂĽr junge Kunst 2011, Berlin
2010 Prix Marcel Duchamp, Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2011 Neon Indian, Berliner KĂĽnstlerprogramm/ DAAD, Berlin
Cyprien Gaillard, Prix Marcel Duchamp 2010, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Cyprien Gaillard. The Recovery of Discovery, KW Institute for ContemporaryArt,Berlin
You Are Here: Architecture and Experience, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Heinz Architectural Center, Pittsburgh, USA
2010 Cyprien Gaillard, Zollamt / Museum fĂĽr Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Obstacles to Renewal, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
Disquieting Landscapes, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, USA
Directions: Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres, Hirschhorn Museumand Sculpture
Garden, Washington, USA
The Berlin Archive 2009–10, 032c Workshop, Berlin
2009 Sedimented Landscapes, Laoratorio978, MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporá de Castila y León, León, Spanien
Cyprien Gaillard, Live at Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London, Great Britain
Cyprien Gaillard, FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims, France
Pruitt-Igoe Falls, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
Beton Belvedere, Stroom Den Haag, Netherlands
2008 Cyprien Gaillard, SMS Contemporanea, Sienna, Italy
Glasgow 2014, The Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, Great Britain
Le Canard de Beaugrenelle, CAC - Centre d`art Contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny sur Orge, France
Real Remnants of Fictive Wars I, Centre dart Les Eglises, Chelles, France
2007 Homes & Graves & Gardens, Centre d`art et du Paysage de lIle de Vassivière, Vassivière, France
Pentagone, L`Atelier du Musee du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

Group exhibitions (selection)

2011 Ausstellung Preis der Nationalgalerie fĂĽr junge Kunst 2011, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Based in Berlin, Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Belvedere. Why Is Landscape Beautiful, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen
Paris – Dehli – Bombay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art
Museum, Tokyo, Japan
201 UEBERMODELS, Program – Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations, Berlin
10.000 Lives, Gwangju Biennal, Gwangju, South Korea
Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan
2009 Platform 2009, KIMUSA, Seoul, South Korea
Modernism as a Ruin. An Archaeology of the Present, Generali Foundation, Wien, Austria
Summertime; or, Close-ups on Places Weve (Never) Been – An Exhibition of Film and Video
Work, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, USA
Sounds and Visions. Art Film and Video from Europe, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
2008 Sudden White, Royal Academy, London, Great Britain
Re-construction, Biennial of Young Artists, Bukarest, Romania
I desired what you were, I need what you are, Maze, Turin, Italy
Art Focus 2008, International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, Israel
Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, South Korea
Can Art Do More, Art Focus 5, Pavillion, Jerusalem, Israel
5th Berlin Biennale, Berlin